Standard Schnauzer is a medium-sized working dog with a lovable and spirited personality. This is the oldest of three distinct Schnauzer breeds, that is, Standard, Miniature and Giant Schnauzer. These smart and devoted dogs make outstanding companion dogs.
They are skilled at tasks like tracking, retrieving, herding, search and rescue, military work, bomb and drug detection etc. Besides, they are also good at agility and competitive obedience and agility.
The breed originated in South Germany and was formerly known as Wire-Haired Pinscher. These delightful dogs were used as all purpose farm dogs and vermin hunters in earlier times.
The name Schnauzer has been derived from a German word, Schnauze which means muzzle. Standard Schnauzer is also referred to as Mittelschnauzer in Germany.
The most distinctive features of these enthusiastic dogs are their arched eyebrows and bushy whiskers and beard. They have a muscular, sturdy and square built. Heads is elongated, rectangular with a moderately broad skull. There is a slight stop.
The medium sized eyes are oval in shape and dark brown in color. The medium sized, high set natural ears are V-shaped and carried forwards. The ears are evenly shaped and carried erect when they are cropped. Lips are black and teeth meet in a scissors bite. Tail is set moderately high and carried erect. It may or may not be docked.
Color: They are mostly available in solid black and salt & pepper colors.
Height: The average height of Standard Schnauzer dog breed ranges between 17 to 20 inches.
Weight: The ideal weight of both male as well as female Standard Schnauzers is about 30 to 50 pounds.
These dogs are considered healthier than Miniature Schhnauzer and Giant Schnauzer dogs. Still, they may be prone to Bloating, Hypothyroidism, Hip Dysplasia, Malignant Melinoma etc. They are also susceptible to skin allergies and disorders like Follicular Dysplasia.
Life Expectancy: Average Standard Schnauzer lifespan is considered to be 12 to 14 years.
Litter Size: 4 to 9 puppies
These adorable dogs are characterized by a double hair coat consisting of thick, hard, wiry outer coat and soft, dense under coat. You need to brush and comb the coat on a daily basis to avoid mats and tangles. Opt for a short wire brush when you are choosing the grooming products for your beloved doggy.
Standard Schnauzer grooming also requires professional clipping of the hair coat in spring and fall as it does not shed much. Long hair around the eyes and ears can be trimmed with blunt-nosed scissors.
In addition, make sure you wipe and clean your furry companion’s whiskers after meals. As the dog is relatively clean and free of doggy odor, bathe your Standard Schnauzer dog only when necessary.
Standard Schnauzer temperament is gentle, affectionate, reliable, sociable, fearless and highly intelligent. These friendly dogs are playful but extremely tolerant with kids.
However, they can be aloof with strangers. Hence, these alert and protective dogs are considered as excellent watchdogs and guard dogs.
Although these dogs can be strong willed at times, still they are easy to trainbecause of their ability to learn quickly and insatiable urge to please their owners. They like to be a part of all the family activities and tend to suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for a long time.
These dogs do best with active and assertive dog owners who have the ability to control the dog confidently so as to avoid dominant dog behavior. Owners should pay attention towards getting their Standard Schnauzer puppies socialized early in life.
These active and energetic dogs require a good amount of physical as well mental stimulation on a regular basis or else they can exhibit problem behaviors due to boredom and restlessness. Thus, they need to be taken for long daily walks or jogs.
In addition, these adventurous dogs heartily enjoy running off-lead in open areas and playing interactive games with you. They can adapt well in any type of climate. Standard Schnauzer dogs are quite active indoors and hence do well in apartment situation even without a yard, provided they are exercised sufficiently.